Professional Development Courses: Schedule

All three credit courses require 42 hours of instructional work throughout the duration of the course. Whether it is in-person class time or online alternative instruction, it is your opportunity to put your new knowledge into immediate practice. The frequency of online discussion/interaction with instructor and classmates is throughout the course. It is available 24 hours a day. For course descriptions simply click on the course name or visit our course catalog. 10 days prior to the course you will receive a Welcome email with directions and any other instructions for the course. If you have any questions about our scheduling please feel free to contact us at info@thomstecher.com.

Registration for courses closes 5 days before the first day of class or if the course is filled.

An official Grade Receipt Letter will be mailed by Neumann University at the conclusion of the course. Official transcripts can be ordered by visiting Transcripts and Forms page found here.

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Winter/Spring 2018

EDU 526 - Making Web Based Technology Easier for 21st Century Teachers and Learners (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: January 1 – February 25, 2018
  • Professors: Phil Hochman
  • Location: Online. The course will be available 24 hours a day.

Making Web Based Technology Easier for 21st Century Teachers and Learners is designed to meet the needs of the net generation. This course was created to allow learners of all different technological levels to grow and maximize their practice utilizing freely available web based software to maximize their teaching impact. This course will gradually and systematically break down all of the nuances of the web, and shatter barriers that hinder 24/7/365 learning. This course will bring the participant to the awareness level of many new and exciting products that will reach the students in their classroom and reconnect them intellectually, socially and emotionally to any content area.
In this course we will require the use of any net connected device, such as a laptop, Ipad, Chromebook etc. This course was designed to meet the needs of the most technologically challenged teacher to the most tech savvy. 

EDU 526 - Stress Management: Specific Solutions for Educators

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: January 29 – March 25, 2018 In class meeting dates- 2/3, 2/17, 3/3, 3/17
  • Professors: Dr. John Bearoff and Jessica McFarland
  • Location: Malvern, PA

This course is designed to help teachers, administrators, and support staff assess their stress levels, identify primary causes of excess stress in both their professional and personal lives, and learn specific, realistic stress reduction strategies. Participants will learn how and why stress levels, burnout, and job dissatisfaction are disproportionately high in the educational field. Educators will explore the most appropriate and necessary choices facing anyone in high stress occupations: change your skills, change your position, change your attitude, or change jobs. Participants will learn and practice relaxation and visualization techniques, safe and simple exercise options. and other strategies that are under their control.  Each in person day of the course will include yoga, mindfulness, nutrition, and a walk outside (weather permitting).  Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or blanket.

EDU 526 - Understanding and Intervening with At Risk Youth Behaviors (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: February 12 – April 8, 2018
  • Professors: Alex Fizz and Scott Heydt
  • Location: Online. The course will be available 24 hours a day.

This course will examine in great detail the most significant at-risk behaviors involving young people today. We will explore the physical, psychological and social implications of these potentially destructive behaviors. Topics will include current trends in the use/abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs by young people today. We will look in depth at concerns around childhood and adolescent depression and suicide. We will examine grief, trauma and loss and the effect on learning. Another area of concern for educators today is violence and bullying. It is critical we understand the causes, markers and strategies that work to mitigate this pressing issue. Self-injury and eating disorders also affect some young people today. We will explore the signs and symptoms and what educators can and can’t do. Intervention efforts with each area of concern and with each individual student will be based on Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets (DA) model and on the Positive Behavioral Instruction and Support (PBIS) model, which we will label and understand as “Strength Based Intervention”. Each topic will be addressed through large group instruction, large and small group discussion, video clips and personal reflection. Plans will be developed by participants so they may be better prepared to identify and address at-risk behaviors they suspect in their students. We will stress the fact that educators are not treatment providers but by having a working knowledge of at-risk behaviors they are better prepared to identify and refer to the proper resources.

EDU 526 - Managing K-12 Adolescent Health Issues

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: March 5 – April 29, 2018, In class meeting dates- 3/11, 3/25, 4/8, 4/22
  • Professors: Ling Chang
  • Location: Residence Inn, Malvern, PA

There is a growing body of health related concerns affecting our K-12 students. These concerns vary from nutrition concerns, eating disorders, sexually transmitted diseases, general fitness, innate and acquired childhood diseases and concussions. Managing these health related issues include not only understanding the general workings of the individual disease processes but understanding both the secondary concerns and the anatomy and physiology driving these concerns. This course will provide a detailed working knowledge of anatomy and physiology aimed towards addressing some of the health concerns affecting our student population. Additional information will include developing plans to assist affected populations in succeeding in the academic environment. 

EDU 526 - Diversity Awareness in Education (online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: March 12 – May 6, 2018
  • Professors: Alex Fizz
  • Location: Online. The course will be available 24 hours a day.

This course helps educators gain a greater awareness of the racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender, cultural, and all of the different forms of diversity present in their school, community, and beyond. Leaners will be involved in insightful and meaningful learning that will place a great emphasis on personal perspective and the perspectives of others.  This course will empower learners with the knowledge to create effective strategies for use in their curriculum, classroom, building, school, or community.

EDU 526 - Growth Mindset in Students and Classrooms

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: March 19 – May 13, 2018, In class meeting dates- 3/24, 4/7, 4/21, 5/5
  • Professors: Krista Leh
  • Location: Staybridge Suites, Glen Mills, PA

This course explores the components critical to fostering a Growth Mindset based on research by Carol Dweck. Class participants will investigate ways to develop a Growth Mindset within themselves as a model, the students, and the learning environment. Attendees will participate in experiential activities, personal and collaborative reflection, and action planning to develop innovative practices and procedures as well as engaging instructional strategies that can be immediately implemented.

EDU 526 - Mindfulness: Self-Care for Educators

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: April 2 – May 27, 2018 In class meeting dates- 4:30pm-7:30pm- 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, Full Day Retreat on 4/29 - 8am-4pm
  • Professors: Josh Gansky
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

Through the practice of Mindfulness, participants will be given time to pause and focus on their own care and well-being.  This class is designed for the self-care of educators.  This is an opportunity for educators to reduce stress, recharge, reflect, and reconnect.  This time together will be both educational and experiential.  This will be a shared experience of discovery, awareness, and care.  Self-care is at the heart of everything we do: the way we feel, think, and act.  When we take care of ourselves, we can be at our best, have more balance in our lives, and be more present for the people in our lives.  This enhanced presence allows us to better connect with our families, friends, colleagues, and students.   In addition, as adults, we want our children to lead healthy lives, to learn healthy coping skills, and to make healthy choices.  When we care for ourselves, we can be more present for our children and we can model healthy behaviors for them. Self-care allows us to better connect with ourselves and with the individuals who may cross our paths each moment of the day.  We can actively enhance our lives and the lives of others.

This course consists of weeknight class meetings and a full day retreat.